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I asked an AI for video ideas, and they were actually good
Tom Scott

Tom Scott

Published on 1 week ago

I didn't expect this to work so well. • Includes text generated by OpenAI's GPT-3 at my request: https://openai.com • Art by Chris Quay: https://www.chrisquay.com/ • Got an idea for a video? https://www.tomscott.com/contact/

Filmed safely: https://www.tomscott.com/safe/

OpenAI had no control or sign-off on this video, although I agreed to abide by their ethical guidelines and social media policy.

Thanks to Eddie the corgi's owner for introducing me to the folks at OpenAI: https://instagram.com/eddie_corg

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New River in Bowes Park image by Nick Cooper on Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:New_River_Bowes_Park.jpg
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Comments :

Tom Scott

Tom Scott . 1 week ago

I should clarify that by "out of ideas", I mean that I've only got enough to last me until the end of March, or maybe the middle of April if lockdown eases. The way I work, that's close enough that I start to get worried.
Yung Akuma

Yung Akuma . 10 minutes ago

I imagine if anything, the word we could use for nostalgia of an alternative reality could be “alternis ovilis” which would roughly translate from Latin to “alternative nostalgia” I guess that’s more of a phrase than a word.
Astor Reed

Astor Reed . 49 minutes ago


Steph . 1 hour ago

Dude, you're reverse aging! Make a reveal video talking about how you're actually a vampire! 😆
Jacob Lowenstein

Jacob Lowenstein . 2 hours ago

Tom is getting replaced.

Tomyironmane . 2 hours ago

"The green death and the industrial revolution." ...Arsenic Wallpaper?

govi . 3 hours ago

If that happens your job will be not easier but obsolete.
My Name

My Name . 3 hours ago

The word is nullstalgia.

harbl99 . 3 hours ago

"The British road that is also a boat" There are streets named after Hood and Anson in Hastings. You think they'd be named after the admirals, but two of the neighbouring streets are Norfolk and Sussex. Turns out they're all named for battleships named after the admirals. Huh. Not boats, but sailors: there's a town in Canada (Ajax, Ontario) that names its streets after men who served on three WW1 ships. There was a big hoo-hah over it in 2020 when the name Hans Langsdorff (captain of the Graf Spee) somehow came up in the database.

FirstRisingSouI . 4 hours ago

"Hey GPT-3. How can I ensure the success of the GPT-3 project?" Anyone read Avogadro Corp?
Dylan Evans

Dylan Evans . 4 hours ago

there is 100% a boat that’s a road you gotta find it

Bbonno . 5 hours ago

hey Tom, have you ever counted in binary on your fingers?
N Bee

N Bee . 6 hours ago

Well, your job might get a lot easier... but then, a bit after that, your job won't be needed... :-P *Singularity*

13darkjems . 6 hours ago

anemoiac is the "nostalgia for nonexistant past" word your looking for
Samantha Lowe

Samantha Lowe . 6 hours ago

English but all letters are phonetically consistent

Quillyik . 7 hours ago

This video was somehow not tagged as horror.
Luiz Gabriel

Luiz Gabriel . 7 hours ago

It's cool how you can raise the "temperature" of the "how predictable" to make "good" interesting video titles that would get more clicks than "the beach where you can hear the sea", but if it is too high, it's actually not real and relatable enough to makes us want to watch it, and as you said, you needed to get the right measure, like a recipe to make a clickable title. -Who would like to watch Jeremy Clarkson's in a russian roulette?- This shows us that we are strange creatures, searching for knowledge yet afraid of the unreal and unknown.
Toby littlejohn

Toby littlejohn . 7 hours ago

For reference, the "strange light in the sky over Oxfordshire" is called the moon.

Dumdumshum . 7 hours ago

That word, one of nostalgia for something that doesn't exist; is hiraeth. It's Welsh.
Lemon Jumps

Lemon Jumps . 9 hours ago

Bloop Smoot

Bloop Smoot . 10 hours ago

Tom Scott makes me want to say hi
Vincent Zvolsky

Vincent Zvolsky . 10 hours ago

5:21 anemoia

NERDxAWESOME . 10 hours ago

Anemoia (Word in the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows) is nostalgia for a time you've never known
Hanneke van der Lucht

Hanneke van der Lucht . 10 hours ago

I would love to watch one on the royal mail railway!
Mr Burns

Mr Burns . 10 hours ago

Tom Scott has been wearing the same grey hoodie for over six years now.
Mr Burns

Mr Burns . 10 hours ago

It’s going to get a lot easier to make videos from now on...

JamKe . 11 hours ago

Is it just me or does a car go past just when its climactic
jkn ahmed

jkn ahmed . 11 hours ago

was this also a suggested idea?

LukenotLucas . 12 hours ago

I love that some of the ai ideas sound like tom scott memes
John Hunt

John Hunt . 12 hours ago

Did it come up with this idea?
soiung toiue

soiung toiue . 13 hours ago

“Nostalgia for things that never existed” Not sure if this has already been said, but how about “Fauxstalgia”?

ClydeLeeM . 14 hours ago

Nostalgia for a thing that does not exist is exactly what nostalgia is actually about.

Sam29 . 15 hours ago

What if... this video was an idea from the AI?

Almonso . 15 hours ago

I can't find a word for "nostalgia for a thing that never existed" in english, but there is one in german: it's "Sehnsucht".

Almonso . 16 hours ago

All of your videos are about very concrete things in society and history that everyone either already knows or can quickly understand. They all give a neutral explanation of those things, which either directly or implicitly links them to things that other people wouldn't think to link them to, giving us a slightly deeper understanding of what we think we already know. Your dystopian reality videos and presentations from years ago, like the one about facebook's password authentication disappearing, are some of the most realistic and believable dystopian concepts that I've seen for that very reason. You can explore ideas while still feeling completely grounded in the physical world.
Epic Music

Epic Music . 16 hours ago

Did the A.I. suggest this video?
Micuna Nikol

Micuna Nikol . 16 hours ago

The scrawny town genotypically flower because owl expectantly file within a adjoining insect. overt, macho stove
Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith . 18 hours ago

Anemoia is close. Or perhaps saudade. Neither seems quite right though.

Cruzredeye . 18 hours ago

This was extremely interesting

hoseja . 20 hours ago

Screw "Open"AI though.

A R . 20 hours ago

Tom: Hey, AI, I'm short on video ideas, can you help? AI: How about making a video about AI?
Tom Smith

Tom Smith . 20 hours ago

"Wigan Pier is a derelict industrial site in the West Midlands". WEST!!!!???......MIDLANDS!!!!!?????? Wigan is very much in the north and I have never been so insulted before

twothreebravo . 21 hours ago

I think what you could do next time you bring in some guest presenters while you take some time off is to revisit the fictional AI created ideas and hand them off to creative/humorous types as a challenge to see who can create these fantastical things

Lyarrah . 22 hours ago

ok but did the UK have *any* space program? cuz that'd be one I'd like to hear, I know so little about other countries' space programs besides the US and China...
Nnif Boots47

Nnif Boots47 . 24 hours ago

That an ai can give you good ideas that says something about your standards (and yes I get that im still watching it so I guess I can't say much)

Abstraxxt . 1 day ago

7:15 good timed car

pantsOptional . 1 day ago

Perhaps the word you’re look my for is Anemoia. Not sure that’s spelled right but in the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows this defined as nostalgia for a time you weren’t a part of.
Joshua Gilpatrick

Joshua Gilpatrick . 1 day ago

You should make a video about randomness and how computers are really bad at it.

M&M . 1 day ago

4:48 potential SCP stories?

Magnus . 1 day ago

Funfact: This whole video is actually the AI generated script and the prompt was "Please create a script for a video about me being out of ideas for a video and asking AI to help me come up with ideas titled "I asked an AI for video ideas, and they were actually good"".

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